As in past years, Fordham University’s intrepid students are once again undertaking the arduous but exhilarating adventure of Walking the Way–the ancient Camino de Santiago across the north of Spain, 320 kilometers from Leon in Castile to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. A diverse group of 21 students will begin the trek from Leon on May 26, hoping to reach Santiago by June 8.
In this blog, peregrinos will trace our path and share both the agonies and the ecstasies of the experience. Along the way, we will also provide a guide for students and others to walk the Camino with confidence while understanding its historical, social, and religious significance.
As one of our leaders, Dr. Alexandria Egler, has reminded us again and again, the Camino begins, not in Spain, but with the first step outside our doors and our comfortable homes.
So this year, we began on February 28 with a 9 mile hike down the West Side of Manhattan along the Hudson, through the High Line, on past the Battery, and finally stopping only when the lure of soup dumplings in Chinatown was too great to resist. We learned the first great lesson of the Camino–food tastes better after a 9 mile walk.